A 29-year-old male asked:
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is it possible to have acute hepatitis b/c without elevated liver enzyms?

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Dr. Mark Roberto
40 years experience Preventive Medicine
Technically, Yes: Either/both viruses have a 'latent' phase, where infection is occurring, but you are not yet symptomatic and no liver injury is occurring. Also, either B/C can give you a very mild 'subclinical' infection- you might just be a little tired or entirely asymptomatic, and have minimal elevations if at all. Lastly, both can cause chronic hepatitis (dangerous, too) with negligible elevations.
Answered on Nov 27, 2017
Dr. Leslie Leighton
42 years experience Internal Medicine
Not very likely: with acute B/C liver enzymes should be up. Can be normal or near normal with chronic hepatitis
Answered on May 21, 2016
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